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25 October 2009 @ 05:51 am
Cheating in a sudoku tournament?  
The breaking story from Philly (at least on my blog) as seen in my comments section on the last post from Johan de Ruiter:

"When you search for his name as mentioned in the Inquirer, first hit will be this:
http://www.avlerchess.com/chess-misc/The_Man_with_the_Hat_beats_Grandmaster_Smirin_at_World_Open_221891.html"

So, "Eugene" (at least a person with the same full name) had presumably used a transceiver/camera set-up at the 2006 World Open in Philadelphia three years ago but was not officially caught. Yesterday, having seen his finals board after ten minutes, I was convinced the man in the hoodie I saw qualify in round three was not the same one who eventually showed up on stage. I was dealing with my own issues at the time, but I was still super curious about this man who finished just behind me in round three, then quickly left the testing room. A simpler explanation than a new person, with some sleep and with this potential link, is that it is quite likely we have the same cheater and he has just found a way to expand the areas he can use technology to punk. What was under that hoodie, and will the organizers of this tournament care? I'd hold his check until he can sit in a room and solve three sudoku puzzles in a day. No hoodie and no headphones of course.
 
 
 
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EpicureanAngelepicureanangel on October 25th, 2009 01:25 pm (UTC)
I didn't think to look at his board, but from what my husband told me, he hardly solved any of it. Which I thought was bizarre, but this is an interesting turn of events.

Will comment more when I get back to LA.
motrismotris on October 25th, 2009 01:35 pm (UTC)
Indeed, I only saw about 4 or 5 numbers filled in (not all the 9's and 3's before the stopping point with triples).

Congrats again to you - this "controversy" does not affect your deserving victory - but adds another weird twist to me about problems with the organization of the tournament in general.